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Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe

aka: SWOTL, 納粹飛行祕史

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Fly as an American or German pilot in the years 1943-1945 in this WWII air combat simulation. This game features several experimental German aircraft to try out. Can you alter the outcome of WWII with them? The experimental German planes include Messerschmitt 262, Me163 Komet rocket plane, and the Gotha "flying wing". You can also fly the traditional ME109 or FW190 piston engine aircraft.

As for the American side, you can take to the skies in the P-51 Mustang, P-47 Thunderbolt, or the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. In the B-17, you can not only control the plane itself, but also the gun turrets and the bombing sight.

Next to training missions for each aircraft, there are several historical missions available, recreating real air encounters of the war.

The Tour of Duty mode allows you to take your pilot through a set number of missions, gaining promotions and medals, with the ultimate goal of surviving the tour.

Finally, there's the strategic campaign mode where you can fight the whole war from either side, both planning and flying missions. As the Americans, the objective is to cripple Germany's industry through strategic bombardment. As the Germans, you have to survive by keeping the industry alive. As time passes, new aircraft become available, in accordance with history. For instance, the Mustang was not deployed until late 1943. For the German side, the jet and rocket aircraft have to be researched before they can be built. The German side can also build V1 and V2 missiles. Another option is to let industrial branches work in secret to hinder the American bombing efforts.

Other interesting features are a mission editor and a film playback option.

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Credits (DOS version)

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Lucasfilm Games V.P. and General Manager
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Associate Director of Marketing
PR Manager
Marketing Manager
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Four extra aircraft were released as separate add-ons: the P-38 Lightning and P-80 Shooting Star for the USAAF and the He 162 Volksjäger and Do 335 Pfeil for the Luftwaffe.

Cancelled versions

Also advertised for the Amiga and Atari ST as due in 1991.


  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #72 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1993– #2 Best Simulation in 1992

Information also contributed by mike forster

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  • MobyGames ID: 228


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Game added by Raphael.

Additional contributors: phlux, Rambutaan, Martin Smith, Paulus18950, Patrick Bregger.

Game added August 20th, 1999. Last modified April 7th, 2023.